Meet the Engineering Development Team

  • Russell Dunlavy
    Russell Dunlavy
    Chief Advancement Officer
    713-743-4209
    rtdunlavy [at] uh [dot] edu
    In his role as Chief Advancement Officer for the Cullen College of Engineering, Russell oversees the engineering development team and fundraising initiatives in the college. Before his hire as the Director of Development for the college in 2008, Russell worked for Texas Tech University as a Development Officer. Russell earned both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Texas Tech University. Although not a graduate of the University of Houston, his ties to UH run deep as both of his parents as well as his older brother are graduates of the University of Houston. His leadership and commitment to the university and college reflect a true passion for working with donors to help them accomplish their philanthropic goals.
  • Ryan Kenney
    Ryan Kenney
    Director of Advancement
    713-743-0559
    rpkenney [at] uh [dot] edu
    Ryan returns to City of Houston to join the advancement team at the Cullen College of Engineering. Before his hire as Director of Advancement, Ryan worked for the Kansas State University Foundation as a Development Officer, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Ryan also has a background in industrial and medical device sales in the Houston area.
  • Emily Ammons McGovern
    Emily Ammons McGovern
    Director of Engineering Relations
    713-743-8693
    emcgovern [at] uh [dot] edu
    As Director of Engineering Relations, Emily manages all alumni programs and events for the Cullen College of Engineering. She also works closely with the college departments and student organizations to provide engagement and outreach support. Emily graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology. Before returning to the Houston area to complete her degree, Emily worked in the Middle East as a military contractor providing base life support for the military and state department as a Morale, Recreation and Fitness director.
  • Taylor O’Neill
    Taylor O’Neill
    Development Officer
    713-743-3916
    taoneill [at] uh [dot] edu
    Taylor’s background is in managing annual giving phonathon programs. Prior to being hired as a Development Officer with the Cullen College of Engineering, Taylor managed phone programs for several universities across the country, including Vanderbilt, Kansas State University, and New Mexico State University. Taylor received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, which is also where he met his wife, a native Houstonian.